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    I'm not an expert on the physiological affects of...

    I'm not an expert on the physiological affects of nutrition, but I'm pretty sure that you can't just count calories and think you're healthy. All calories are not created equally when applied to the...
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    Obesity causes all kinds of other medical...

    Obesity causes all kinds of other medical problems (diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, ...), which adds significant costs to the healthcare system. So their fat actually does cost me money,...
  3. Thread: Persuasion

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    The main premise in Thinking, Fast and Slow is...

    The main premise in Thinking, Fast and Slow is that people's brains have design flaws that cause all kinds of mistakes, many of which can be (and are) exploited. Those design flaws cause things like...
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    https://images.rapgenius.com/6706283249f8efa82d08d...

    https://images.rapgenius.com/6706283249f8efa82d08d6769068b761.500x362x14.gif

    Bumped!
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    Great post, JKDS.

    Great post, JKDS.
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    This topic reminds me of this bit: ...

    This topic reminds me of this bit:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b92vAucJg2Y
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    "Because tradition" is a cop-out. It's not a...

    "Because tradition" is a cop-out. It's not a real reason. And traditions change over time.

    Why does he think that the strictly traditional definition is correct? Why doesn't the traditional...
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    You're right, there shouldn't be any threat of...

    You're right, there shouldn't be any threat of violence for their beliefs or statements.

    But I personally don't see how someone could be against same-sex marriage without holding some kind of...
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    I used to really like Bar Rescue, but the later...

    I used to really like Bar Rescue, but the later seasons started to seem fake or over-acted, with way too much interpersonal drama happening.

    I haven't watched it in a while, but the episodes of...
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    It might be a word, but it isn't a good word.

    It might be a word, but it isn't a good word.
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    Yes. Circles are not polygons. Absurdity...

    Yes.



    Circles are not polygons. Absurdity still in effect.
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    There are multiple mathematical series that can...

    There are multiple mathematical series that can be used to calculate pi without using a circle. Gregory-Leibniz series and Nilakantha series are two examples.
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    The definition of a circle is "a round plane...

    The definition of a circle is "a round plane figure whose boundary (the circumference) consists of points equidistant from a fixed point (the center)". So a "perfect circle" depends on your desired...
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    :facepalm: Ever used a compass...

    :facepalm: Ever used a compass? That's just one of the simple ways to make a perfect circle.
  15. In the third video of the OP, Yaron Brook made a...

    In the third video of the OP, Yaron Brook made a comment that implied he doesn't think FDIC deposit insurance should exist. Do you believe that basic banking regulations shouldn't exist and that...
  16. Oops, fair enough.

    Oops, fair enough.
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    https://youtu.be/1j2Duy_xzEA

    https://youtu.be/1j2Duy_xzEA
  18. What? You're just stating an opinion about free...

    What? You're just stating an opinion about free markets, not defining the term in any meaningful way.
  19. Objectivism also believes that people act based...

    Objectivism also believes that people act based on their set of values. But I believe that it differs from the economic framework in that value systems can be deemed irrational if they are poorly...
  20. But economists don't care about the actual...

    But economists don't care about the actual reasons, right? Which strips the term "rational" of any meaning. Especially since you claim that in economics, all behavior is by definition rational.
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  21. They didn't change the meaning, they eliminated...

    They didn't change the meaning, they eliminated it. Based on your definition, when an economist says, "Agents act rationally", they might as well just say "Agents act." Their intended meaning is...
  22. So irrationality can't exist within an economic...

    So irrationality can't exist within an economic model? It assumes that anything anyone does, regardless of how crazy, stupid, or self-destructive, is rational? I don't see how any model that's...
  23. Well crap, that definition is so vague that it...

    Well crap, that definition is so vague that it practically loses all meaning. From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rational:



    So economists decide they can eliminate the meaning of...
  24. Wuf -- I think you're generally right that people...

    Wuf -- I think you're generally right that people make decisions that they think are right at that particular moment. But that doesn't mean that they are acting rationally, objectively speaking.
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  25. If you want to try to continually improve...

    If you want to try to continually improve yourself, it's best to know the direction you want to move towards.
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